Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Number play everywhere

Just a short post today as I have an OU Geology exam in a couple of weeks with a stack of revision for that plus a load of reading and a reflective log to write for my PACT course.

We took the boys to the beach this evening to blow away the cobwebs and found this great sundial - perfect for all sorts of number games.

The tying together of a cognitive skill such as counting and a physical one such as jumping seems to be a fantastic way to help our brains to learn.  For Toby this is a simple game of jumping on 1, 2 and 3, or looking for those characters in other numbers.

For Ollie we are starting to move beyond counting in single numbers to counting in multiples by jumping from 2 to 4 to 6 and so on.  This was an unplanned game resulting from numbers we found, but other old favourites such as hopscotch exploit exactly the same principal of learning numbers while doing a physical activity.  A brilliant idea I saw on the site 'no time for flash cards' had kids doing number recognition and maths by throwing water balloons on to numbered targets.

I'd love to hear what other folks favourite physical type number games are :)